New Delhi, April 15: A goods train traveled for at least two kilometers leaving its five wagons in Balasore district of Bhubaneswar. The incident occurred on Saturday. Reportedly train was on its way from Dhamra port to Tatanagar when five wagons got detached at Panapana station.
Southeastern railway officials said a goods train was having 60 wagons and when the staff discovered it, the train had approached Khantapara station. Another engine pulled the five wagons and re-attached them. The incident happened due to a break in a coupling of the train. A probe has been initiated in the matter.
Recently, Ahmedabad-Puri Express 22 coaches traveled for at least 15 kilometers without an engine in Odisha’s Balangir district. Reportedly, the skid brakes on the wheels had not been applied which in turn resulted in the detachment of the engine from the rest of the coaches. two Railway employees were suspended over dereliction of their duties.
A news agency ANI posted a video in which one can see the coaches of the Ahmedabad-Puri express rolling down towards Kesinga side near Titlagarh as the section from Titlagarh towards Kesinga has a downward slope. Since it was risky to stop the train altogether on a downward slope, the train was halted by keeping stones on the railway tracks. Meanwhile, the level crossing gates were closed by the control room. Thereafter, the coaches were brought from Kesinga to Titlagarh using another engine and hence the train was attached to the main train. This whole process took about an hour.